original bauhaus

Centenary Exhibition in Berlin

Dr. Stephan Consemüller/ Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
Woman wearing a theatrical mask by Oskar Schlemmer and seated on Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel chair, c.1926.

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On the basis of 14 key objects, the exhibition will develop 14 case histories: How did the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair become the most famous anonymous figure from the Bauhaus? Does the Haus am Horn in Weimar have a secret twin? Why have Marianne Brandt’s tea infusers which were created as prototypes for industrial production always remained one-of-a-kind pieces? original bauhaus sheds light on how unique work and series, remake and original are inseparably linked in the history of the Bauhaus. This is because Bauhaus artists did not see art and technology as opposed to each other. Instead, they used technical innovations to create exceptional works of art, and they took serial production into account from the moment they began drafting their designs. Today there have been almost 100 years of responses to the Bauhaus, as compared to 14 years of Bauhaus production. Reproductions, re-editions and remakes have made the Bauhaus the 20th century’s most influential school of architecture, design and art.

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Marianne Brandt, Tea infuser (MT 49), 1924, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Photo: Gunter Lepkowski
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Portrait of Josef Albers, collage of photo positives and negatives from “9 jahre bauhaus. eine chronik“, farewell present of the Bauhauslers to Walter Gropius, 1928

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In cooperation with the Bauhaus Agents programme, the exhibition invites visitors to try authentic exercises from the preliminary course of the Bauhaus. International experts from the fields of dance, photography, architecture, paper art or Breathology will be offering “preliminary course” workshops every Sunday.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium, artist interviews and movie nights featuring Bauhaus films. The programme includes the publication of a catalogue and the original bauhaus Exercise Book – the first-ever compilation of the most important exercises from the preliminary course.

Info leaflet for download

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
Haus Am Horn, Weimar, architect: Georg Muche, photo: Atelier Hüttich-Oemler, 1923
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Marianne Brandt, Kann der Mensch sein Schicksal …, collage, c.1926, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Markus Hawlik

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    The centenary exhibition by Berlin’s Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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